Lexi Thompson stages comeback to win ShopRite LPGA Classic

Ruben Hill
Июня 12, 2019

"I knew coming into the day that it was going to play very hard, just because this golf course can get so windy and there are a lot of crosswinds", said Thompson. "If I let it affect me, I wouldn't have finished the way I did".

"I kind of had a little sketchy lie so I knew it was going to jump", she continued, as reported by Golf Week, "and then it was blowing 30 miles per hour downwind, and I had 190 to the front, 200 pin".

Thompson overcame an outstanding effort by Lee6 to go back to back at the Shoprite Classic in New Jersey with an equal best final round of 67 highlighted by an eagle at the 72nd hole after a wedge from 198 yards in the blustery conditions finished 20 feet from the hole and was converted to allow Thompson to move two ahead. It is her 11th LPGA Tour victory, and first since last year's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. And it's insane to think about all the numbers that we were thinking about, but we were like, land it 30 yards short, so 160, and then with a jumper lie and then the wind I ended up hitting a pitching wedge, which is my 135 club, from 190.

It was, however, yet another great week for the South Korean especially given the aftermath of her US Open victory seven days ago and she will extend further her lead of the LPGA Tour money list in her rookie season.

"With a jumper lie and the wind, I ended up hitting a pitching wedge, which is my 135 club", she said.

On the putt, she said, "I got chills, like my hair on my arms was sticking up once I made it". "Ended up, I guess, landing 50 yards short and rolling up there".

The 24-year-old Florida native started the day two strokes behind second-round leader Lee, who stumbled on the back nine with three straight bogeys from the 13th to the 15th.

Lee eagled the hole on Saturday but was unable to replicate the feat, after a mediocre second shot left her 40 feet from the cup, and had to settle for a two-putt birdie.

"The way I'm playing the ShopRite tournament, it's unbelievable, and I'm pretty satisfied with finishing in second place", Lee6 said through an interpreter.

Lee shot a final-round 70 to reach 11-under 202 and American Ally McDonald finished alone in third after shooting 70 for a nine-under total. Two-time ShopRite LPGA champion Anna Nordqvist had a 69 for fourth place at 206.

Mariah Stackhouse, who began the day one stroke off the lead, fell back with a double bogey at the fifth hole and couldn't come back.

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